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Poster: guyzilla Date: Apr 8, 2011 12:51pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Island Of Lost Souls (1933)

OK, I know this one's not PD, but does anyone know if it's ever going to be available on dvd? I have the vhs, but it's copy protected so I can't do a transfer of it. If Universal would only make it available, I would have no problem with spending some actual money on it.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Apr 8, 2011 2:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Island Of Lost Souls (1933)

You can make a copy using this:
Sima CT-2 Digital Video Enhancer and Duplicator

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Apr 8, 2011 4:40pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Island Of Lost Souls (1933)

That would work for making a transfer from a protected VHS?

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Apr 8, 2011 10:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Island Of Lost Souls (1933)

Yes. The device is also known as the Sima "GoDVD!", and it's about the size of a pack of cigarettes.

The reason that tapes cannot be copied is that they have a "Do Not Copy" command embedded next to the closed captioning information. DVD burners detect this and obey it.

The GoDVD! device removes this command (and the closed captioning).

You run a cable from the composite video output of the VHS player to the input of the GoDVD, and another line from the output of the GoDVD to the input of the DVD burner. (The audio goes directly from the tape player to the burner.)

Most people seem to believe that this cannot be done when using a dual-deck machine (a unit containing a VHS deck and a DVD player/burner), but I've done it for years. You have both halves of the machine running at once; the output of the VHS is routed to the inputs of the DVD burner via cables.

This has worked on every tape that I've tried. However, I seem to recall that one or two tapes had macrovision pulsing that could not be removed.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Apr 9, 2011 12:58pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Island Of Lost Souls (1933)

Good old Macrovision. Unfortunately that is the problem. My tape was made by Universal, and they've been using Macrovision since VHS came out. I've run into it often ever since I started making tape to tape copies back in the mid 80s and it made the picture scrambled on the copies. It's one of the oldest copy protection devices around and Universal still uses it on their dvds. The two tapes you mention that you said you couldn't remove the pulse, they weren't Disney films, were they? Disney seems to use a different protection feature that seems to be more potent than Macrovision. This device seem like a worth while investment though. Is it only available online or would I be able to find it at a store?

This post was modified by guyzilla on 2011-04-09 19:58:57

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Poster: Noah 8-? Date: Apr 12, 2011 3:43am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Island Of Lost Souls (1933)

As it happend ... I have an OLDER VHS/VCR machine that wasn't so blessed as to recognize any of that interference....So I gleefully back up the works onto DVD at will. Some of the OLDER VHS/VCR machines may actually have some redeeming qualities after all.....

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Apr 12, 2011 8:10pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Island Of Lost Souls (1933)

I've lucked out by being lucky enough to own a couple of those machines over the years, but alas, nothing lasts forever. They died and I couldn't fix them.